Jeremy Felt

The escape from Instagram

I’ve been thinking through how to leave Facebook’s Instagram service since June, when I finally deleted my central Facebook account. This should be easy, because I don’t post that much on Instagram, but it always seems hard because it’s the best user experience (IMO) on mobile for writing a quick blog post attached to one or more photos.

Today I was poking around on my Mastodon account for the first time in a long while and noticed Remkus had mentioned something called Pixelfed as an Instagram alternative. Pixelfed is an open source project and self-describes as: “an image sharing platform, an ethical alternative to centralized platforms.”

Those are words I generally like.

This is a relief because I’ve come really close to deciding on something completely different with a new domain ( πŸ™ˆ) that generated email newsletters with images rather than an Instagram-ish interface. Now I can use that domain for my own instance of Pixelfed or something else entirely.

It’s a little silly to jump ship so quickly onto a platform that’s still being developed, but my actual emotional connection to Instagram has dwindled to almost zero (even though I really like posting photos) and I’m ready to go for it. If nothing else, this could be an interesting platform to use as a place to post photos that are then ingested into this siteβ€”especially if a nice mobile app appears, though the current PWA is showing promise and an app may not matter.

Maybe this is the PWA based solution for that Felix mentioned… πŸ™‚

Ok, so my approach to actually leaving:

  1. Join Pixelfed. βœ…
  2. Post a note to Instagram with some message like “link in the bio because Instagram doesn’t trust the open web“. βœ…
  3. Request Instagram archive. βœ…
  4. Delete Instagram account. βœ…
  5. Find the right way to import my Instagram content into this site.

I’m at if you end up joining. πŸ‘‹πŸ»

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